Robin Knox-Johnston

A salute to a great and modest man, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

If you have not already seen this I can not recommend to highly this entire video which I sailed into by chance this evening.
Robin has been and continues to be a very fine example of a real man, an inspiration world wide to thousands possibly millions including me.
Robin has been a considerable influence in my life.

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Sea Paintings

Sea paintings meaning water in all it’s elusive forms.

Sea painting is not easy and I’m sometimes asked “can you teach me to paint the sea?” so stand by, I’m writting a book about this, my life and adventures.
Sea Paintings
Sea Painting
This Beach painting, 38 x 48 cm (15″ x 19″) is available for £550.
Many people regard painting the sea as the ultimate painting challenge.
I’ll include many valuable hints and tips in the new book I’m writing now.
Beware, there is a lot of bad advice readily available in particular on the Internet.
You want to paint water, the sea and oceans?

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Nelson’s Frigates

Nelson’s Frigates, a progress report on this painting which is maturing nicely when compared with October past when I last showed the painting’s progress. 53 x 91.5 cm (21″ x 36″) Nelson’s Frigates for sale, available when completed, soon, good painting takes time, great painting takes longer. Offers from £ 14,000. This frigate action A Nelson moment an … Read more

Google Idiots

Google Stupidity. Is your mobile phone 100 % reliable everywhere all the time? Google thinks it is. It is bad enough that Google discriminates by giving SEO low ratings to websites like my two sites while blatantly promoting the ‘big boys’ who can afford to pay staff to ensure their business has a high SEO … Read more


Hanukah, Chanukah, Hanukkah, lights of the final evening of 2021 lit for this joyous minor festival that celebrates freedom from oppression and persecution.

The origin of Hanukah is some 2,300 years old.
There is no ‘official’ English spelling for this Hebrew word although the history is clearly recorded.
Hanukah is a time for families to gather, relate the story, for the giving of gifts especially for children and the poor, the disposed, the hungry.

Hanukah, Chanukah, Hanukkah today

Mayragues, Château, Castle

Today’s agenda included a visit to the 12 th century Château Mayrages. Also to see my friend, proprietor Alan Geddes, in part to buy some of their fabulous wine. 53 x 81 cm (21” x 32”), available £ 2,000, Discover more via my page ‘Gaillac Chataeux’ Mayragues is documented to have been wine making … Read more

Woofers and Woodlands

Woofers welcome to the woodlands, tweeters too.

This winter and next season my good friend Hervé Boitel will be opening his estate for you to discover.

Hervé Boitel’s home is situated in the remote valley of Cassanis near Gaillac in the Tarn department, S W France.

There is plenty to do and see for those who fancy a rural work out, so much more satisfying than a gym,  that is actually useful.

There is no shortage of wildlife, birds in particular around the woodlands and ponds … there is also the surrounding countryside rich with nature trails, bastides to explore and a lively social life.

Ideal for a vacation with a difference.

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Tarn on the turn.

The Tarn sky is telling us, after many bright warm days rain and colder weather.
Tarn near Laborie, Gaillac
Exercise and fresh air, a Sunday afternoon stroll near Gaillac in the North Tarn, maybe the last chance for a few days or more.
Tarn autumn near Laborie, Gaillac

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France …

A beautiful and mild day at #Gaillac in the Tarn department, #France . I was researching to prepare a new #painting , with Charles, Count de Noblet et d’Angelure, and including making new friends. More about the new painting soon.